Students must pass all courses with a grade of B or better and maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA to continue in the program. Students who fail to achieve a B will be required to retake that course.

Program Requirements

In addition to the general admissions requirement outlined by the VCU Graduate School, successful applicants will typically have the following credentials:

  • Baccalaureate degree or its equivalent at the time of enrollment with a minimum overall GPA of 3.2
  • Combined GRE scores of at least 300 verbal plus quantitative and 4.0 analytical score. Alternatively, an MCAT score of at least 500 or a DAT score of at least 17.
  • TEFL minimum score of 100 (IBT), 250 (CBT) or 600 (PBT), or 6.5 on the IELTS for foreign applicants whose native language is not English

While there are no absolute course requirements for admission, the following are considered necessary to pursue a Master’s degree:

  • Fundamental knowledge of general and organic chemistry and biology
  • Upper-level courses in molecular and cellular biology are desirable
  • Previous research experience or demonstration of a serious interest in a research-oriented career